In 1967 actor Jimmy Perry shows his friend David Croft the script of a sitcom he has written based on his time in the Home Guard, entitled 'Fighting Tigers'. Head of BBC TV comedy Michael Mills likes it, changing its title to 'Dad's Army' though, to Jimmy 's dismay, he refuses to let him act in it. He commissions Jimmy and David to write a whole series, despite TV controller Paul Fox's misgivings that the Second World War is too fresh in people's mind to be comedic. The pilot goes ahead with an ensemble cast keen to perform despite a low wage and some with problems of their own, notably star Arthur Lowe's tendency to forget his lines, and Jimmy is thrilled that wartime favourite Bud Flanagan is performing its theme song. In April 1968 the first show is recorded in front of an enthusiastic test audience. Fox is less generous in his opinion but the viewing figures ensure the show's future, running for nine series and becoming one of the best-loved of all British television sitcoms.
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Did You Know?
The drama alleges that Jon Pertwee
turned down the role of Mainwaring because he wasn't being offered enough money. The truth of this is unclear, although Pertwee would often complain about his money on Doctor Who
(1963) and, according to his successor Tom Baker
, he "found it physically impossible to buy a drink". See more
Set in 1967 there is a scene at the BBC when actor Trevor Eve is called to see the executives, this is unlikely as Trevor Eve was only 16 years old in 1967. See more
I ran a film company that went bust before the war. And I made the very bad decision to sell off the rights to all my plays so I could pay everyone off, quickly. Never ever do this. Writers must always hold on to their bloody rights!
Why didn't you write more plays?
The ideas dried up. The ones I had were mucked about with. You're lucky. You're on set, in charge. Make the most of it. Some writers can end up as old actors.
A terrible, terrible thing!
Opening titles, with wording contained in broad arrows, in the style of the title sequence for Dad's Army
(1968): "Some scenes in this film are imagined. BUT DON'T PANIC! Most of this really happened." See more